My inky travels along life's rocky road

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Quotes and Lyrics - Strong

A quick entry from me for this fortnight's quotes & lyrics challenge on the Craft Barn blog and the 2 words are 'strong' and 'miss'. I went with 'strong' and the lyrics from an old Labi Siffre song 'Something Inside So Strong'. With the recent start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi I was reminded of the wonderful summer of 2012 when the Olympics were held in London. The Paralympic Games have especially stayed in my memory and so I decided to feature one of our gold medal winning paralympians - Jonnie Peacock as a representative for all those athletes who gave me so much pleasure. The image I've chosen needs the viewer to look very carefully before  noticing that he only has 1 complete leg because in all other respects he is a fantastic athlete.
The words, for those that can't decipher my handwriting, read:

'The higher you build your barriers
The taller I become.
The farther you take my rights away
The faster I will run.
You can deny me
You can decide to turn your face away
No matter 'cause there's
Something inside so strong
I know that I can make it'

This is a very simple page, in order for the words to shine through. I used a stencil and rusty hinge DI for the brick wall, added a salty ocean DI sky and the Olympic motto translated as 'Swifter, Higher, Stronger'.
In addition to the version by Labi Siffre I've linked above, I also like this version by Lira.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Scatter Joy

I am slowly emerging from my germ-filled fug and returning to the devastation that is my workdesk. I am not quite back into the swing of things and have spent a few hours at my desk doing ... well absolutely nothing productive. Just mooching on websites (yes Pinterest I blame you). I decided to grab a stamp set and use it to make whatever. The set I grabbed was Hero Arts' flower garland which was good because I was in the mood for some easy colouring. I decided to add Stampotique's moongirl - she seemed to fit nicely nestled into the flowers. The card is a tent fold with the image standing proud of the card base. I wanted bright, sunny colours to cheer myself up and hopefully the recipient will be cheered up by it as well.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Card Inspiration

Sorry this picture is even more rubbish than usual but it wouldn't scan properly because the stamped panel is raised on foam pads and the light is too dim for a decent photograph but you get the idea.
I am a regular visitor to Susan Raihala's blog Simplicity. I love her very clean and simple cards which nevertheless have had so much thought put into them. She explains design ideas which are new to me in a way that makes them easy to understand. Last week I noticed this card on her blog and it inspired me to try something similar. I used flowers from 2 different Hero Arts sets and Versafine habanero. The sentiment is from a See D's set. Looking at it objectively I think the sentiment needed to be a little larger to balance the flowers on the left hand side but my larger sentiments were too large so I went with what I had.
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